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Filtration Soiling – What Is It?

Did you know that your carpet is a filter? It’s true!

Studies have shown that the indoor air quality of a home is worse than the outside air quality. So what does that mean for your home? It means that all of the dust, dander, allergens, and other air contaminants settle on your carpet. Regular vacuuming does help – but periodically the carpet needs to be cleaned by a professional carpet cleaning company.

Those pesky black lines

Have you ever noticed that over time, black lines appear along the baseboards of your light colored carpet? Those are called filtration soil lines and they are exactly what they sound like. Think of your home as being alive, I know that sounds crazy but bare with me. Your house breaths with the HVAC system. There is a void of space between your drywall and the floor and the air is pulled to that void by the return vents of your HVAC system; meaning the dust and other air contaminants pass through this space. Over time it builds up and forms a dark, undesirable line. You can minimize this by making sure that while you vacuum you take your edge tool and go around the perimeter of each room. ( Read about our carpet maintenance tips here ) If you enjoy burning candles, this issue can occur frequently. These lines can be very difficult to remove depending how long it has been since your last cleaning, but we do have special spotting agents that give us a competitive edge.

It’s Time To Clean Your Air Ducts!

air duct cleaningAnother reason why filtration soiling forms around the edges of your carpet is because your air ducts are dirty. If you’ve never had your air ducts cleaned before we recommend having them cleaned every 2-5 years depending on many different conditions. If you have 3 people or less in your family, no pets, and regularly change your HVAC filters, then you most likely need your air ducts cleaned every 1-5 years. However, for larger families with pets and other factors you should get you air ducts cleaned every 2-4 years. If you suffer from allergies we highly recommend changing your HVAC filters regular based on the recommendation on the packaging, and have your air duct cleaned every 1-3 years. We currently have clients who are severe allergy sufferers and they get their air ducts cleaned every 12 to 18 months with their carpet cleaning appointment.

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